Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion

I currently drive a 2000 Nissan 1400 that's been converted into a Datsun Sunny.

Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion
Brannigan Achadinha - 2000 Nissan 1400 Conversion

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Hi all,

My name is Brannigan Achadinha from South Africa, Johannesburg. I own a screen printing and dye sublimation company.

Instagram: @brannigan101

I currently drive a 2000 Nissan 1400 that's been converted into a Datsun Sunny.

I have grown up with cars and bikes and my dad working on cars as a hobby his whole life got me into it.

I’ve always wanted a Japanese styled car for a while now and it started by swopping a lowrider scooter I built for a 1979 Toyota Corolla that I then stripped down repainted and lowered in my garage. I used this car as a tester to see if I had some skill to paint and modify my own cars.

I then swopped this Toyota for a golf gti 2000, fixed that motor and then swopped that for my current Nissan 1400

I have been into the  car scene for a long time now. I had a Corsa Utility 2005 that was featured in a well know magazine Speed and Sound this side. Since then I’ve always had the urge to modify most the cars I’ve owned!

Did I grow up in a family of petrol heads? 100%... from bikes when we were younger to my dad and I building some Lancia Fulvias in his back yard few years back and it will always be in our family

What do you think makes your car unique and stand out from the crowd? It the only bagged Datsun sunny in South Africa at the moment. It’s crazy and unique style and modifications defiantly make it stand out from the car scene here.

In terms of challenges, funny enough I have not really faced any. The build went rather smoothly... the first reason why I finished the Ute in around 6 months however, I did have issues when it came to the motor side fitting the weber side draughts… Trying to set and get those guys purring and running right took extremely long!

 

My car is not an import, it is a local and backyard build!

I would 100% recommend people buying the same model car as me, they are super reliable and the motors are almost bullet proof. Also not to mention the million ways you can modify these Utes.

In terms of car stats, mine right now with a stock carb back on is running 95hp on the wheels.

In terms of specs, I started by chopping the fenders to allow access for the wheel to dig deeper into the body. The added wheel arches and some wide 9.5J 15" rims all round and spaced those out 20mm. I then replace all the new Nissan grills for the more nostalgic Datsun grill and round lights.

Added a nice chin lip from the golf MK1. Flushed the rear bin top edging, welded all the holes closed as well as the door handles and petrol cap. Bolted on some old school rear view fender mirrors, carbon fibre rear spoiler. Removed the original gas tank to give more room to go lower. Then put a fuel cell, roll cage and cut a space for the diff to pop through. This was all so once the air ride was installed we could lay the frame nicely onto the floor. 4 link setup with airlift performance double bellow bags and custom coil over struts with OCD single bellow bags in the front. Single viair 444c unit running 3-gallon tank.

The interior I wanted so simple I replaced the original dash with a carbon fibre mould. Stock gauges but no radio cut outs. Then replaced the all the panels with Perspex gloss black. Sound I installed 2 x 5" kicker subs and Morel splits all hidden under the dash and seats, with a Bluetooth amplifier that connects directly to my phone. So you won’t see any speakers or radios but you will most certainly hear it! Removable steering wheel and custom leather bench seats.

Engine wise I have had the head ported and gas flowed, new race cam, branches, rev limiter kit and a straight pipe with a side exit.

In terms of work, most the work was done by me... from interior to paint to welding and body work. I did however have help for a few things

@fsudevelopment helped with the carbon fibre bits

@fsprojects helped with the air ride setup and suspension

@pitchaudio helped with the sound install

@rollingdents helped with flushing the door handles and a blow over spray job once I was finished.

All the professionals mentioned above. They were all amazing and would recommend all of them time and time again... Price you cannot argue when the level of professionalism is so high

 

My first car when I was in school was a citi golf 1 1.8 , and my first mod was putting small rims and huge sound system.

I think my car is finished... but is a play car ever finished? I might like to flush the engine bay and get that looking fresh!

I do form part of a club called "4theloveofjdm" we a group that don't like riff raff and focused on cars and the scene. No bullshit there! No grudges. plus, we will never judge you or your ride!

I have last year I entered into German vs Jap and it's a pretty big show here in South Africa and I won Best Ute of the show … was definitely my highlight.

I go to car meets all the time. We try meet up once a month at least! Our meets are chilled. Maybe 20 – 30 cars in a parking lot. Some crews have pretty big meets that we attend and love showing off my van at those because no one really has anything like mine so it does stand out!

What is my dream car? I’d have to say funny enough Chev C10 truck ... modified the way I want.

I find it amazing and so humbling seeing people from all over the world commenting on my van and great feedback and just makes the build so worthwhile. People saying it’s an inspiration to get their vans built and great ideas for others. I am blessed to have built this van and super pumped that people like yourselves find interest in it. So everyone out there... THANK YOU!!

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